India's Toy Imports Drop, Exports Surge; Shows Promising Self-Reliance

19 July 2022
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India imports for toys and games dropping this year, while exports are skyrocketing with gradual growth. It has been all possible due to the initiative taken by the government of India under “Make-In-India” campaign name. The total imports of toys, sports, and games (Chapter 95) in India amounted to $380.27 million for 2021. On the other hand, the total exports from India for toys, sports, and games in 2021 amounted to $516.51 million.

 

Top Exports By India – By Commodity


The top exports from India for toys, games, and sports (Chapter 95) in 2021 are—Christmas Festivities’ Articles ($107.4M), Wheeled Toys ($93.4M), Swimming Equipment ($60.1M), Other Wheeled Toys ($51.6M), and Equipment for Physical Exercise ($26.5M).

 

Other notable exports from India for toys, sports equipment, and games in 2021 are—Leg Pads & Cricket Bats ($20.0M), Sports Net ($18.0M), Fish Nets ($16.0M), Table-Tennis Accessories ($13.6M), and Rugby Ball ($12.3M).

 


India Top Exports In Chapter 95 (2021) – By Commodity

Commodity

Value USD Million

Articles For Christmas Festivities

107.42

Tricycles, Pedal Cars, Doll Carriages, and Similar Wheeled Toys

93.40

Swimming & Paddling Pools, and Other Equipment

60.15

Scooters, Doll Carriages, and Similar Wheeled Toys

51.65

Gymnastics or Athletics and Other Equipment For Physical Exercise

26.57

Leg Pads, Bats for Cricket, and Other Equipment For Sport & Outdoor Games

20.06

Sports Net, Swimming & Paddling Pools, and Other Equipment For Sport & Outdoor Games

18.00

Fish Nets, Butterfly Nets, and Similar Hunting or Shooting Requisites

16.06

Table-Tennis Articles and Equipment

13.64

Balls (other than inflatable, tennis balls, etc.); Rugby Ball

12.35

 

 

Top Imports By India – By Category


The top imports by India for toys, sports, and games in 2021 are—Exercise & Sports Equipment ($266.5M), Video Game Consoles & Casual Games Equipment ($56.0M), Wheeled Toys ($27.1M), Festivities Articles ($18.7M), Hunting or Shooting Requisites ($6.0M), and Fairground Amusements ($5.7M).


 

India Top Imports In Chapter 95 (2021) – By Category

Category

Value USD Million

Exercise and Sports Articles & Equipment

266.55

Video Game Consoles and Equipment For Games Such as Bowling Alley

56.04

Tricycles and Similar Wheeled Toys

27.11

Carnival and Festivities Articles

18.70

Fishing Rods & Hooks, and Butterfly Nets, etc.

6.09

Roundabouts, Swings, and Other Fairground Amusements

5.75

 

 

Import and Export Comparison (Heading 9505)


The below table shows the comparison between the imports and exports of India for products consisting of Heading 9505. Heading 9505 consists of “Festivities/Entertainment Articles”. The data is segregated into yearly values and shows corresponding import and export for each year.

 

The imports in the below table are fluctuating, beginning from 2018 to 2020, starting from a value of $21.3 million to $7.9 million. The imports in 2021 amounted to $18.7 million, showing a growth in the imports.

 


India Toys [Heading 9505] – Imports and Exports Comparison

Year

Value USD Million (Import)

Value USD Million (Export)

2017

21.37

69.32

2018

13.40

89.42

2019

15.54

91.06

2020

7.91

77.19

2021

18.70

119.39

 

The exports for the featured products from India grew frequently with significant values, starting from a value of $69.3 million in 2017 to $91.0 million in 2019. In 2020, the export value declined by 15.2% and stood at $77.1 million. However, in 2021, values increased by 54.6% ($119.3M).

 

 

Import and Export Comparison (Heading 9504)


The below table shows the comparison between the import and export of India for the products falling under the HS Code Classification of Heading 9504, i.e., “Video Game Consoles & Machines, and Casual Games Equipment”, on the basis of yearly values, from 2017 to 2021.

 

The imports in 2017 are lower compared to the values in 2018 and 2019—$46.9 million for 2017, $56.1 million and $55 million for 2018 and 2019 respectively. Imports fell in 2020 by 36.5% but grew by 60.4%, standing at a value of $56.0 million.

 


India Toy [Heading 9504] – Imports and Exports Comparison

Year

Value USD Million (Import)

Value USD Million (Export)

2017

46.97

13.90

2018

56.14

21.12

2019

55.06

31.79

2020

34.92

29.32

2021

56.04

31.27

 


The exports in 2017 are lower than compared to the values in 2018 and 2019—$13.9 million for 2017, $21.1 million and $31.7 million for 2018 and 2019 respectively. Exports too fell in 2020 by 7.7% but accounted for a growth in the export value of 2021 by 6.6%, standing at $31.2 million.

 

 

Import and Export Comparison (Heading 9503)


The below table shows the comparison between the import and export of India for the commodities falling under Heading 9503 – “Tricycles, Doll Carriages, and Similar Wheeled Toys”. The values are segregated into the yearly basis for both imports and exports.

 

The imports in 2017 started off with a lower value of $215.7 million as compared to the values of 2018 and 2019, i.e., $298.6 million and $297.3 million respectively. In 2020, the values dropped by 43.73% with a value of $167.2 million. In 2021, imports further declined by 83.7% ($27.1M).


 

India Toy [Heading 9503] – Imports and Exports Comparison

Year

Value USD Million (Import)

Value USD Million (Export)

2017

215.79

64.30

2018

298.64

96.35

2019

297.32

127.41

2020

167.29

127.33

2021

27.11

149.02

 


The exports in 2017 started off with a lower value of $64.3 million as compared to the values of 2018 and 2019, i.e., $96.3 million and $127.4 million respectively. In 2020, the values declined by a minor drop of 86.9 thousand US dollars. In 2021, exports grew by 17.03% ($149.02M).

 

 

India Imports and Exports In 2022


India’s imports and exports for toys, games, and sports—Chapter 95 by India, are shown below in the table, following a time period of 5 months from January to May in 2022. The shown products are segregated into the categories of products, and are not the exact commodity.

 

The imports of articles and equipment for general physical exercises accounted for the highest amount of imports with an import value of $108.17 million, followed by the imports of tricycles, and similar products with a value of $19.34 million. The total imports amount to $155.8 million.

 


India Toys, Games, And Sports Import and Export – By Category (Jan-May '22)

Category

Value USD Million (Import)

Value USD Million (Export)

Tricycles, Scooters, Doll Carriages, and Similar Wheeled Toys

19.34

59.58

Video Game Consoles And Machines, Special Tables and Equipment

17.35

16.99

Festival, Carnival, and Other Entertainment Articles

6.29

43.15

General Physical Exercise Articles and Equipment

108.17

85.17

Fishing Rods & Hooks, Butterfly Nets, and Similar Hunting or Shooting Requisites

2.48

5.80

Roundabouts, Swings, Travelling Theaters, and Other Fairground Amusements

2.18

5.70

 


The exports of articles and equipment for general physical exercises accounted for the highest exports among all the categories, with an export value of $85.17 million. The values of exports for tricycles and similar wheeled toys are of significance, standing at $59.58 million of worth.

 

While the total value of imports in 2022 so far amounted to $155.8 million, the total export value amounted to $216.43 million. The difference between imports and exports stood at a value of $60.58 million, with a percentage of 38.87%, signifying an increasing value for exports.

 

The government of India is constantly growing into its domain of self-reliance under the campaign of “Make-In-India” by promoting locally manufactured goods and encouraging domestic manufacturers to boost both the quantity and quality of production.

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